Marvel’s terrifying mullets


 In 1992, the MTV News crew visited the Marvel Bullpen and talked to then Editor in Chief Bob Harras, the late Mark Gruenwald and the legendary Darren Auck, among other. You’ll be charmed and delighted by this look back at the olden days, and terrified and perhaps haunted by the astonishing number of mullets […]

Steranko’s Ages of Comics: naming our eras


In addition to popularizing “Sterankoing,” artist Jim Steranko is quite a tweeter. Every Sunday night he holds a regular talk, and last night he started identifying The Ages of Comics. Steranko, best known for his innovative comics work of the 60s, and his current painting, also has a history as a publisher—Prevue Magazine was an […]

Comics Detective: Todd Klein has nearly solved that big DC Comics Christmas party photo from 1945


Just before Christmas, I ran a picture tweeted by DC Comics of the 1945 DC Christmas party, with many figures from comics history—from artist Joe Kubert to publisher Harry Donenfeld —in the room. The photo conveyed a palpable sense of the past brought to life, the clinking of glasses, the laughter of women, the camaraderie of the still young industry. And now Letterer/historian Todd Klein has identified as many of the people in the photo as possible.

Author Marc Tyler Nobleman seeks video of a WonderCon panel


Marc Tyler Nobleman is the author of Bill the Boy Wonder, a kids picture book bio of Bill Finger, illustrated by Ty Templeton, and Boys of Steel, a similar bio of Siegel and Shuster illustrated by Ross MacDonald. And he’s depserately looking for video of a particular panel: namely the WonderCon 2014 panel that featured […]

A case study in longevity: The Badger vs Don Winslow of the Navy (PLUS PAUL POPE)


Recently I posted a news item about the new Badger book from Devil’s Due having low orders. Writer/creator Mike Baron reached out to me about it, and I presume he reached out to some other folks who remember the Badger from his 80s run. Part of the Capitol Comics/First Comics indie era, The Badger was […]

NBM celebrates 40 years with a new logo, new brand and new website


When you look at the list of comics publishers who have stayed the course throughout decades of tumultuous changes in distribution and audience, one most usually thinks of Archie, Marvel and DC. Only a bare handful of publishers have even lasted even from the 80s, including Dark Horse and Fantagraphics. But there’s one company that’s […]

WOW: DC’s Christmas Party from 1945 is a window into the Golden Age


WOW! Talk about historic finds! DC Comics just tweeted this historic photo from a comics industry Christmas party from 70 years ago. While there is a slight Shining view to it (is that Hank Kanalz I see in the back?), it’s also an amazing view into the Golden Age. After it was tweeted DC Comics was kind enough to send me a high res scan which I am sharing with you so all the comics historians out there can pour over it. There is a handwritten guest list as well, but its provenance isn’t known so I am not posting it.

Speaking of Dave Sim; The remastered Church and State Pt. 1 is available


While poking around on the A Moment of Cerebus site following my previous post on Glamourpuss, I noticed that the remastered editions of Church & State, perhaps the masterpiece of Cerebus’s 300 issue run, seems to be back in print in a superior remastered edition. I guess that was kickstartered, but it’s not always easy […]

CrowdWatch: Locust Moon to publish long lost Will Eisner comic strips


Well speak of the devil, here’s a new Kickstarter from the Locust Moon folks that plans to reprint some long lost early work by Will Eisner. The story of how it came to light is one of the craziest things I’ve ever heard: A collector outside Philly discovered 104 zinc plates engraved with work that […]

So who REALLY created the graphic novel?


Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel is a new book by former DC publisher Paul Levitz that looks at Eisner’s historical contribution to comics. And New York magazine has just excerpted the chapter in which Levitz discusses how and why Eisner is credited with being the midwife of the graphic novel form. Of course […]